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How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smell Indoors

Cigarette smoke can be a nuisance to remove from the home. When burnt, tobacco releases gasses and particles that mix with the air that quickly set themselves on surrounding surfaces. The worst part is that the smell lingers for a long period and any effort to eliminate the smell on fabrics and indoors can be difficult especially when one or more of the occupants are smokers.
Property owners with rentals face big challenges in preparing their homes for new tenants. It is essential that any smoke smell or residual particles are removed from the house as many potential tenants will not accept a rental property that has the smell of cigarette smoke.
Luckily it is possible to get rid of cigarette smoke in the home quickly and efficiently. One option is to hire professional carpet cleaners to undertake a thorough cleaning of the home.
If you’d rather not hire professional cleaners, you can do some or all of the work yourself by following the simple steps below:
• Do a basic clean of all the surfaces in the home (floors, carpets, upholstery). Follow up by hiring professional cleaners to do ozone cleaning in the house. It is an all round treatment as it ensures that bacteria, viruses and other kinds of odors are eliminated including the most problematic, i.e. cigarette smoke. This approach ensures that you will not need to do any additional cleaning.
• Cigarette odors as well as other irritants can be removed by replacing old heating and air filters with new ones. This will keep the air fresh.
• Chemical sponges have many uses. It can be utilized to clean a variety of surfaces and materials like lampshades and books. This is the best option for any item that cannot be cleaned in any other way.
• Blinds retain a lot of residual cigarette smell. You can soak them in a multi-purpose cleaner before letting them dry. Curtains can be replaced or cleaned by professional cleaners in order to ensure that your house has a good smell indoors.
• Carpet replacement is a good option as opposed to cleaning it because it is very difficult to remove the smoke particles that are embedded in the carpet fiber. Prior to replacement, ensure that the floor beneath the carpet is thoroughly scrubbed. However, if you decide to retain the same carpet, you can hire the services of a professional cleaner who uses the best cleaning techniques and excellent products that will ensure that your carpet is cleaned and left without any residual smoke particles.
• Hard surfaces can be cleaned using cleaning compounds that are ammonia-based. It enables you to clean the window insides while preventing any acid-based products from destroying wood surfaces. Another option to consider is painting over surfaces that smell of cigarette smoke. Note that it may only be a temporary solution.
• As you clean the house, remember to clean the light bulbs as well. On heating, the cigarette smell is dispersed by light bulbs. Alternately, use energy saving light bulbs that do not emit much heat. This reduces the cigarette smoke smell because of less heat on the bulb surface.
• In any situation, the first thing to do is to enhance the ventilation by switching on the fans and opening the windows. It helps a great deal in getting rid of the cigarette smoke odor indoors.

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Top Carpet Cleaning Tips

The rule of thumb is that carpets should be deep cleaned twice a year. If you don’t have the time or resources to do the job yourself, hiring professional carpet cleaners is a great way to go. Clean That Carpet did some research and put together the following list of hints and tips on how to get high quality professional cleaners at an affordable price.

Quality Cleaning Products

The key to a good carpet clean is using high quality carpet cleaning solutions. Look out for cleaning products that are eco friendly and that dry without using an adhesive residue. The problem with very cheap cleaning solutions is that they tend to leave residue in the carpet fibers after it has dried. Moreover, the harshness of the chemical may cause damage to the carpet fibers and trigger allergies! Soiling of the carpet occurs when the remaining residue gets bonded to the carpet fibers and attracts dirt. It is also necessary to extract the cleaning solution once the carpet fivers have been washed thoroughly clean. Once this is done, rinsing the carpet becomes easier and the chances of residue remaining in the carpet fibers are diminished a great deal.

Type of Equipment

The problem with many carpet cleaners is that they use cheap and inferior quality equipment. The end result is that the equipment does not clean well because the cleaning solution will not be extracted sufficiently and a good amount of soil will remain embedded in the carpet fiber. A professional carpet cleaner should always invest in superior quality equipment so that the customer gets value for money. This will also enable the cleaner to retain clients by getting repeat jobs because the carpet fiber will not deteriorate that fast and there will be more work to do.

Technique

Some professional carpet cleaners employ the dry or bonnet methods of cleaning carpets which involve applying cleaning solution on the carpet fiber and removing some stains and not all of them while leaving a lot of the cleaning solution embedded in the carpet fibers and a good amount of soil. Alternately, hot water extraction is more effective when it comes to carpet cleaning. This approach ensures that 99% of the soil residue is removed and this includes the cleaning solution that has been used to clean up your carpet thoroughly. As such, your carpet is left residue-free, clean and fresh.

Preparing your home for professional carpet cleaning

Most people have carpets in their homes. Carpets are popular because they make the room cozy and add warmth especially during winter. However, carpets wear out over time and they can split. This requires the help of professional carpet cleaners and you can help them by preparing your home for them to clean your carpet in the following ways:

Accessing Your Taps
Professional cleaners need access to the taps in your house. Hot water extraction after deep cleaning is necessary. Hence the need to have a ready available water source.

Create Work Space
It’s important to create space well in advance of professional carpet cleaners entering your home. Move any furniture that may be covering the carpets. Ensure that the cleaners will be able to move around the home easily and that they can access power sources for their equipment. Take your pets out for the duration of the cleaning or ask a friend to look after them for you!

Remove Fragile Items

Keep any fragile and valuable items in your home out of the way of the cleaners. A professional cleaner needs time needs clear space while moving around the rooms indoors. This will avoid the cleaners accidentally knocking items over that you can’t bear to see broken.

Find Parking Space
It is common for professional cleaners to arrive in large vans that occupy a lot of space while carrying loads of bulky equipment. Arrange a parking space that will give them an area to offload and carry their equipment into your home conveniently.

Remove Furniture

Professional carpet cleaners will ask you to shift the furniture to another location so that they can work with ample space. Where the furniture is too heavy to carry, you can place it against the walls. Move lighter items to other temporary storage spaces like the garage or patio. It should include the kids’ toys and anything else to declutter the rooms that need to be accessed.
For curtain cleaning, all upholstery should be raised off the floor so that they do not get into contact with the cleaning machines. You can use hooks or an item like a hangar mounted on a curtain rod to prevent the fabric from falling back onto or close to the ground.

Mark Areas You Need Cleaned
Mark out the areas that require special attention. These could be areas where there have been wine spills or that are more worn than other parts of the carpet. This will help the professional cleaner focus on areas that require more work or chemical cleaners. See here for advice on preparing for your professional carpet cleaning.

Vacuum Floor Surfaces
For the professional carpet cleaner’s job to be easier, you can vacuum the floors and remove any residual dirt ahead of their arrival. Wipe off any dirt and do some dusting before and after the cleaner has finished the job. A small amount of preparation could make all the difference!

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Why should you go for carpet?

In the days when laminate seems to be the trendy in-thing to have in your house, there’s still a lot to be said for carpet – read on to see why YOU should go for it!

Carpets are warmer than hard flooring, which is especially lovely in the winter: no stepping out of bed at 7am on a Monday onto a freezing cold floor when all you want to do is burrow under the duvet instead of getting ready and heading to the office. The softness of carpet makes it more comfortable to walk on no matter what you’ve gone on your feet (or sit on, if you’re entertaining a large group of people and don’t have enough chairs) and it’s safer if you have kids running around. Slipping on laminate flooring can lead to fairly serious injuries, especially if there’s a radiator or table nearby.

Having carpet in the house offers extra thermal insulation, so it’s energy efficient and in the long run, you might save more than a few pennies. They also absorb sound, meaning rock music, the teenagers shouting and the dog barking won’t echo throughout the house or annoy the neighbours – not too much, anyway!

Carpet can also be used as a statement in terms of interior décor, in the same way you might have one wall with bold wallpaper – use a bright coloured or patterned carpet to really say something with a room. Carpets are also cheaper, quicker and easier to install than most hard flooring. So instead of asking why carpet, ask yourself why not?

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Curtains or Blinds? The pros & cons

Deciding whether to go for curtains or blinds to cover up your windows can be a tough decision, so we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of both to help you narrow it down…

Blinds – the pros 

Blinds tend to take up a lot less space than curtains, as they’re kept within the window frame and there’s little-to-no overhang. You can control exactly how much light you let in by having them as open or as closed as you like, with some blinds offering complete blackout, and they come in hundreds of different designs that you can choose from to jazz up your windows.

Blinds – the cons

With slatted blinds especially, some light may leak through even when they appear to be fully closed – and blinds don’t retain much heat. Blinds gather a lot of dust, too, so be prepared to clean them often; individual slats can break, too, so keep hold of the spares that come with them!

Curtains – the pros

Curtains can be a huge feature of a room, especially as they come in a whole range of colours, patterns and fabrics, and they retain heat so they keep your room a bit warmer in the winter. Curtains are good at keeping out the light, and you can add a blackout backing to make them even better.

Curtains – the cons

Especially if you’ve got a small room, curtains can take up a lot of space – making a room look even smaller. Curtains can also be prone to staining and mould, particularly in the bathroom or kitchen where there’s moisture, and this can lead to smells.

So now you know the pros and cons of both curtains and blinds – decide what’s best for you, finish off your window (and room!) and take care of them.

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What NOT to do with carpet stains

So you spilt red wine on the carpet on New Year’s Eve, or the kids had muddy trainers and forgot to take them off – either way, you’ve stained your carpet and need to get it sorted. Read on to find out what not to do!

Wait – the longer you wait, the worse and harder to remove the stain will get, and you’ll be left with it potentially forever.

Scrub – if you scrub at the stain, you run the risk of pushing it deeper into the fibres of your carpet. It’s best to pat the area gently, so whatever’s causing the stain can be absorbed by the cloth without messing up your carpet any further!

Over-wet – there’s a temptation to chuck a load of water and products at the stain in an attempt to get rid of it, but the truth is this won’t help and it will damage the backing of your carpet.

Forget to rinse – I know, we just told you not to use too much liquid; but make sure you rinse away any product or solution you’ve used. Over time the chemicals can wear down your carpet, and the sticky residue left behind will attract dirt.

Air dry – if you leave your carpet to air dry, you’ll quite often be left with noticeable rings. Cover the area with a white cloth or towel (so there’s no colour transfer) and place a heavy object on top. Leave to dry overnight and in the morning, vacuum over the area to ensure it’s completely clean and dry.

Don’t be afraid, also, to contact a professional if you’re worried about the stain – after all, a carpet is a big part of any room!

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